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Common Winter Injuries

5 Tips To Survive The Cold Weather

Winter is considered by many to be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. But sometimes the cold season also brings on unwanted, weather related injuries, some serious. Many of these common winter injuries are preventable.

Preventable injuries are among the top causes of hospitalizations for Canadians of all ages.

Predictable and preventable injuries in Canada result in:

  • 16,000 deaths
  • 231,000 hospital stays
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms
  • 60,000-plus disabilities; and
  • $26.8 billion in total economic burden

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians reported that 25% of their most serious injuries occurred in the winter.

To help avoid some of the most common winter injuries this season, follow these smart tips:

Tip #1: Dress Appropriately

Approximately 1,301 Americans die from hypothermia annually. More people actually die from the cold rather than heat. So when winter comes, make sure you dress appropriately. Layered clothing and proper footwear is key – put on a scarf and ear-muffs to complete your OOTD and battle the cold.

Children and seniors are more prone to common winter injuries like slipping or falling on ice and snow. Getting them to wear clothing that is meant for the cold weather cannot guarantee an accident-free season but is a good first step. Same goes for all the family members when it comes to wearing proper winter dress.

Tip #2: Take Your Time

When going out to do errands or doing chores outside, always take your time and don’t rush. Your strides should be shorter. Avoid long steps when walking outdoors. Tell your children to avoid running as much as possible. Skeletal and muscular issues tend to arise during winter so better stay on top of it by taking your pace slower than usual. Cramps and strain from doing winter sports and activities are also common so better stretch properly before doing so.

Most accidents happen because everything tends to happen so fast and you need to keep up in fear of getting left behind especially during the holiday rush. Taking it slow and having a breather every once in a while is both good not only for the body but also for the mind.

Tip #3: Ask for Help

Muscle strain is one of the common winter injuries. You can experience this at any age and although it is common, it is still avoidable. Consider asking for help in shoveling snow off your driveway and scraping ice from your car windows. Injuries from driving and motor vehicle collisions can be fatal so these little things should not be taken lightly.

Tip #4: Prepare for the Worst

We can never tell when or where or how accidents will happen but it’s best to be prepared for it. Keep your medicine cabinet full with medicine and a first aid kit. Have all the emergency numbers available at home or handy on your phone. If it gets serious, don’t hesitate to call in emergency help or rush to the nearest hospital.

Tip #5: Make Time To Check

Before heading out for your trips and daily needs, always check if your car is in good condition. To avoid common winter injuries brought about by collisions and driving accidents, make sure you switch to snow tires. Keep a first aid kit on your trunk as well as warm clothes and blankets, and check for constant weather updates in your area.

Keep all these tips in mind so you can better enjoy the rest of the winter wonderland. If you did have the misfortune to suffer from a winter injury, get in touch with us and let us help you get on the road to recovery faster.

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